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What to Pack for a Tropical Surf Trip!

You have picked your destination, chosen your trip, have been mind-surfing epic surf and now you’re getting ready for heading to the tropics!

Nothing is worse than arriving and realising you have left something important at home (trust us, we have forgotten too many essentials before!). Whether you are heading to Indonesia, the Maldives, Fiji, or anywhere else in the tropics, this list of what to pack for your surf trip has got you covered!

If you haven’t already booked your trip, you can see our full range of destinations here! If you want to discuss any trip with one of our team, just send us a message!

What to Pack for a Tropical Surf Trip

When packing for a surf trip in the tropics, it is good to think of the waves that you are going to surf and plan accordingly. These are likely very different from what you get to surf in your home country, so bear this in mind when selecting boards etc. If you are looking to push yourself, then a step-up, with a bit more volume is a good choice to bring.

For more mellow waves, a fish or a funboard can be a great choice and we would always recommend you bring your day-to-day board as well. If you have any questions about suitable boards, just ask any of our team and we will be able to help!

Generally, a lot of the surf in the tropics is in more remote regions, so we always recommend that you assume that there will not be a surf shop to purchase spares from and to bring enough of everything with you. This saves you missing sessions if you snap a leash at a remote reef pass!

We would recommend all travelers bring the following:

  • Surf Boards – The most important piece of equipment for your trip! Generally, we recommend bringing 2-3 boards to suit different conditions and waves. Just ask one of our team if you want any advice on what boards to bring, we love to chat about all things surf!
  • Fins – Your usual fins plus a spare set and fin key.
  • Leashes – 2 – 3 leashes in case any break. We recommend thicker leashes as you may be surfing heavier/more powerful waves than at home!
  • Wax – Tropical wax and lots of it!
  • Zinc and Sunscreen – Having a quality sunblock and zinc will maximise your tie in the surf and minimise the time spent looking like a lobster!
  • Rash Guard or T-Shirts – It is great to surf without a top or in a bikini but we recommend having something to cover your skin in the middle of the day.
  • Clothes – Bring what you feel comfortable in and we recommend some long sleeve shirts for the evenings.
  • Books or Kindle – Great to enjoy when there is some downtime.
  • Portable Speaker
  • Ding Repair Kit – A Solarez quick ding repair kit is great for getting you back in the water quickly if you damage your board. We really like the Solarez kits here.
  • Any special snacks that you like to have.
  • Basic First Aid Kit – Having a small first aid kit to deal with small cuts and scrapes is invaluable when in more remote areas.
  • Reef Booties – If you want to protect your feet from coral then reef boots are great!
  • Travel Documents and Passport – Make sure that all documents are correct and up-to-date.
  • Travel Insurance – This is a must-have! Please make sure to have a copy of it with you and all emergency numbers saved in your phone!

Once you have ticked off everything on the list above, you should be ready to go. Being properly prepared for your surf trip will mean you can make the most of your time there with as little hassle as possible!

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Omar AlJammaz 07/07/22

Great service. Quick response.

Sue Christy 06/09/22

Giulia and Awave were great. Highly recommended to others.

Gavin 06/08/22

James is a legend & will get everything you need for your trip setup & take care of all your needs. It was super easy & he responds to all emails very fast!

Oli 09/05/22

Everything was perfect!

Garret Cleary 06/03/22

They were great for our trip to the Maldives. Very fast response times to any questions we had and overall really helpful.

Gadi Haliva 07/17/22

excellent service all the way . will use this service again

Anthony Luczkow 07/11/22

James and the team at Awave do great work! Our trip was seamless the whole way through, which is really all you can ever ask the waves were great

Ray-Mie Nederland 05/30/22

We booked a trip to Niyama Maldives (13 - 20 May 2022) with Awave.

Before deciding to go to Niyama I had close contact with Giulia about what would be the best resort for that season. Giulia responded almost immediately and gave us good and detailled advice about the surf and of course also about the resort.

We had a great trip! The resort was just prefect as well as the service! Unfortunately the waves were a bit choppy and the wind cross/ onshore, but that's mother nature....... (and May is a very difficult month for the Maldives). We still surfed every day in fun size waves and had a great time.

Would definitely recommend Niyama as well as booking with Awave!

Benjamin Soto 09/13/22

the service we got froma James was excelent. He answer really fast and always willing to help. He provided super usefull information and good tips.

George Nexus 09/14/22

Great communication, fantastic care and attention from James who is very knowledgeable and approachable, and the product recommended to us as an alternative, Ayada, was a real paradise. We had very high expectations and we were really impressed with everything (apart from the the quality of the surfboards for hire). :)